A 9-year-old girl recommended how to punish the man convicted of raping her several years ago, circling multiple choices and writing in one of her own.
With scared and angry faces drawn in pen, the girl said 29-year-old Jarvis Gray should be sent to jail "for his whole life," see a doctor for help and stay away from children.
Also "no food or drink 10 days," she wrote.
Saying there were regrettably not enough years in prison that he could impose under the law, Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee sentenced Gray to 40 years in prison for raping the girl and 12 years for aggravated sexual battery. The sentences, which Coffee said are the maximum, are to be served consecutively and at 100 percent.
"It's a crime against humanity," Coffee said of Gray's offense. "It's a crime against everything that is right, everything that is just."
Gray, who referred to himself as a "prophet" on YouTube, was convicted in May of raping the girl. He is also charged with having sexual contact with a young boy in a pending case.
When the girl was 5 years old, she reported to workers at her daycare center that "Prophet Gray" touched her, and she disclosed in a forensic interview that he raped her. A police report was taken July 24, 2013. She said that he cared for her and her siblings while her parents were away. He lived in their Memphis home from about June 2012 to July 2013, but was not related to the family, according to an affidavit.
The victim was particularly vulnerable because of her age, and Gray abused a position of trust, Coffee said. Shelby County Assistant District Attorney Dru Carpenter, who prosecuted Gray with Cavett Ostner, argued for the maximum sentence for Gray.
The girl's father testified Thursday about the suffering the family has experienced and said counseling has been ongoing after the crime, the father said.
Also, he said he and his wife suffered "great emotional and even physical effect as far as my family, my church, our home."
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